Judge Douglas R. Beach Receives Top Family Law Award from Missouri Bar Association

St. Louis County Circuit Court

105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105

CLAYTON, MO – August 9, 2018 – St. Louis County Presiding Judge Douglas R. Beach has received the Roger P. Krumm Family Law Award from the Missouri Bar. The award was presented to Judge Beach at the Bar’s annual conference in Branson last week.

The award is given annually to a family law lawyer who has demonstrated an exceptional degree of competence, skill, integrity, commitment, and dedication toward the improvement and advancement of the practice of family law, and to the children and families involved in family law matters. It is named in honor of Roger Krumm, a family law attorney from Fulton.

“There is no tougher or more impactful area of law than family law,” Judge Beach said. “For practitioners who have the courage, the heart and the commitment, family law has the potential to help heal troubled families. Out of crisis, we can help brings peace, stability and growth.”

Judge Beach is a member of the board of directors of the Children's Home Society, the program committee for Kids in the Middle and a certified matrimonial arbitrator. He is a frequent speaker on CLE programs on family law and municipal law, and taught business law at Washington University in St. Louis. Judge Beach is the author of two publications: "Trial Practice in Domestic Relations" and "Division of Marital Property in Missouri".

He has served as co-chair of the Domestic Violence Council of St. Louis County, and traveled to Mexico for the U.S. State Department as part of a cultural exchange on issues involving domestic violence against women.

In 2010, Judge Beach spearheaded a successful campaign to pass a $100 million countywide bond issue for the construction of a new Family Court building and major renovation of the existing courthouse. In 2015, he helped establish St. Louis County's first Veterans Treatment Court program in 2015, providing veterans alternatives to incarceration.

In 2017, Judge Beach was elected by his peers as Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit. He played a pivotal role in overseeing sweeping reform of the St. Louis County municipal court system, helping ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and equitably. Under Judge Beach's supervision, municipal courts were consolidated for greater efficiency, adopted new professional standards mandated by the Missouri Supreme Court and state law, and took part in comprehensive training for municipal officials, clerks, members of law enforcement, attorneys and judges.

Before joining the bench as an associate in 2005, Judge Beach practiced family law for 28 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a JAG officer, spent 3 years as a Special Courts Martial Judge and rose to the rank of Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps Reserve before his retirement in 2002.

Judge Beach is president of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executives, past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association, and a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Missouri Bar associations as well as the Women Lawyers Association and the Hispanic Bar Association. He received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University and his law degree from the New England School of Law.


Judge Douglas R. Beach


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